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NHL Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins (29-21-9) at Nashville Predators (29-22-6)

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS NOTES:

LAST 2 GAMES
Feb. 26: Pittsburgh 7, Tampa Bay 3 – PPG Paints Arena
PIT Goals: O’Connor, Malkin, Crosby (PP), Blueger, Carter, Zucker, Dumoulin
Multiple Points: Malkin (1G-1A), Crosby (1G-1A), Dumoulin (1G1A), Petry (2A), Pettersson (2A), Letang (2A)
Goalie: DeSmith (26 saves, 29 shots)
Key Stats: Sidney Crosby hit the 70-point plateau for the 13th time in his career.
PP: 1-2
PK: 2-3

Feb. 25: Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 2 (OT) – Enterprise Center
PIT Goals: Rust (OT), Malkin, Pettersson
Multiple Points: Malkin (1G-1A), Rust (1G-1A), Pettersson (1G1A)
Goalie: Jarry (25 saves, 27 shots)
Key Stats: Bryan Rust’s fifth career overtime goal helped Pittsburgh snap a four-game skid.
PP: 0-2
PK: 3-3

INJURIES
Position Player Status Consecutive Games Missed Total Games Missed
F Ryan Poehling Upper-Body 7 21
D Mark Friedman Upper-Body 7 7
2022-23 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 144

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Date Transaction
Feb. 25 D Jan Rutta activated off of injured reserve
Feb. 20 G Tristan Jarry activated off of injured reserve.
Feb. 20 G Dustin Tokarski re-assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).

Pittsburgh’s All-Time Record vs. Predators: 17-12-4
In Pittsburgh: 9-4-3
In Nashville: 8-8-1
OT Record vs. Predators: 5-0-4
Shootout Record vs. Predators: 1-2

2021-22 Results: Pittsburgh went 1-1-0.
Penguins All-Time Point Leaders vs. Predators:
Sidney Crosby – 19GP, 25 PTS (6G-19A)
Evgeni Malkin – 16GP, 19 PTS (6G-13A)
Kris Letang – 17GP, 15 PTS (4G-11A)

TONIGHT’S GAME

  • The Penguins hit the road and head to Nashville to take on the Predators at Bridgestone Arena (TV: AT&T Sportsnet; Radio: 105.9 The X).
  • The Penguins have points in seven of their last nine games against the Predators (6-2-1). Going back further, Pittsburgh has points in 14 of its last 18 games (13-4-1) versus Nashville dating back to October 21, 2010.
  • The Penguins have points in seven of their last nine visits to Bridgestone Arena (6-2-1).
  • Nashville is the final team Pittsburgh has yet to play this season.
  • This road swing will be the final road trip that is three or more games this season.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS NOTES:

ALL-TIME vs. PITTSBURGH
OVERALL (33 GP) 14-13-(2)-4
HOME (17 GP) 9-5-(0)-3
ROAD (16 GP) 5-8-(2)-1
LAST MEETING April 10, 2022 at PIT (OTL, 3-2)
PLAYOFFS (0-1) 2017 Stanley Cup Final (L, 4-2)

− The Predators are 14-13-(2)-4 all-time against the Penguins, including a 9-5-(0)-3 record at Bridgestone Arena.

− This is the first of two matchups between Nashville and Pittsburgh in 2022-23; it is the first and only at home.

− Nashville went 1-0-1 against Pittsburgh last season, earning a 4-1 win at home and taking a point in a 3-2 overtime loss on the road.

− The Predators are 2-2-1 in their last five games against the Penguins; they are 4-4-2 in their last 10; and 3-1-1 in their last five at home.

− Nashville faced Pittsburgh in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, falling in six games, 4-2. It was Nashville’s first-ever trip to the Cup Final.

NOTABLES vs. PITTSBURGH
− Juuse Saros recorded his first career NHL win on Oct. 22, 2016 vs. the Penguins.
− Matt Duchene has 14 points (9g-5a) in 22 career games against Pittsburgh.
− Mikael Granlund owns nine points (5g-4a) in 15 career meetings with the Penguins.
− Zach Sanford made his NHL debut on Oct. 13, 2016 at Pittsburgh.
− Jeremy Lauzon’s brother, Zachary, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (51st overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.
− Head Coach John Hynes served as head coach of Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, for five seasons from 2010-15.
− Defense Development Coach Rob Scuderi was an alternate captain on Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup-winning squad in 2009.

LAST TIME OUT
− Nashville Predators 6, Arizona Coyotes 2 – Feb. 26 (Mullett Arena)
− NSH goals: Trenin (9), Duchene (18), Josi – GWG (16), Novak (9), Josi – PP (17), Glass – PP (8)
− ARI goals: Gostisbehere – SH (10), Schmaltz (17)
− Goaltenders: NSH – Saros (W, 25/27); ARI – Ingram (L, 28/34)
− Power plays: NSH 2-3; ARI 0-5
− Notes: Nashville improved to 13-12-3 on the road in 2022-23… The Predators are 2-1-0 against the Coyotes this season… Nashville has won back-to-back games by a 6-2 score and its 26 goals since Feb. 18 are the most in the NHL in that time span… The Predators have scored multiple power-play goals in consecutive games for the first time this season… Nashville dressed 10 forwards and seven defensemen… Three Predators players had three-point nights with another three picking up two points each… It was Matt Duchene’s second straight three-point game… Roman Josi (2g-1a) and Tommy Novak (1g2a) both extended their point streaks to five games… Alexandre Carrier returned to the lineup after missing nine games with an upper-body injury (Jan. 26-Feb. 23).

INJURY REPORT
Player Designation Dates Missed Games Missed
Mark Borowiecki Upper body – IR Oct. 27-Feb. 26 50
Filip Forsberg Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 13-26 7
Ryan Johansen Right leg surgery Feb. 23-26 2
Juuso Parssinen Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 26 1
Total man-games lost: 123
Individual man-games lost: Borowiecki – 51; McCarron – 20; Carrier – 14; Forsberg – 7; McDonagh – 7; Smith – 6; Trenin – 5; Glass – 3; Lauzon – 3; Jankowski – 2; Johansen – 2; Duchene – 1; Lankinen – 1; Parssinen – 1

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
− Feb. 27: Reassigned defenseman Kevin Gravel to Milwaukee (AHL).
− Feb. 26: Recalled forward Zach Sanford from Milwaukee (AHL). Acquired a first-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft; a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft; a third-round, fourth-round and fifth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft; and defenseman Cal Foote from Tampa Bay for forward Tanner Jeannot. Acquired forward Isaac Ratcliff from Philadelphia for future considerations.
− Feb. 25: Acquired a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from Winnipeg for forward Nino Niederreiter.
− Feb. 23: Recalled forward Kiefer Sherwood from Milwaukee (AHL).
− Feb. 21: Reassigned forward Mark Jankowski to Milwaukee (AHL).

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